Personal Injury Overview
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Marietta, Athens, and All of Southeast Ohio and Northern West Virginia
Many clients who have come into our office suffering from a serious personal injury say, “We are not the type to sue. We don’t believe in suing people. But…”
When confronted with medical bills, lost time from work, and the nagging pain of injury, we are often left with no choice. The media has conditioned us to believe that those who seek compensation for injuries are greedy or litigious. This is simply untrue and unfair.
If you have been injured because of the negligence of another, you are entitled to be fairly compensated for your injuries. If you face the tragedy of losing a husband, wife, parent, or child because of a negligent act, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the loss.
Many of us face the misfortune of suffering an injury caused by negligence. In most circumstances, these injuries are caused by the lack of due care, rather than through intentional conduct. These injuries often occur because of auto accidents, negligently maintained property, or defective products, among many other causes. Although rare, some also suffer injury as a result of negligence of doctors and hospitals.
Those injured may incur medical bills, lost time at work, and pain and suffering from the injury. Some injuries cause permanent impairment, permanent diminished earning capacity, or even death.
Liability insurance covers many situations in which persons suffer injury or death due to the negligence of others–whether through automobile liability policies, commercial liability and umbrella policies, or homeowner’s policies. Successfully pursuing a personal injury claim requires knowledge of how liability insurers operate.
There are many details involved in a personal injury claim. Who is the liability insurer for the at-fault party? Is there other insurance available through the injured person’s insurer, such as uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage? How long does the statute of limitations extend and when does it begin to run? What is the value of the claim? How much should be demanded to settle? Do any family members have a separate claim? Is the injured person required to reimburse his or her health insurer? Is there also property damage that accompanies the injury? Will there be future medical bills? Are there multiple defendants?
It is important that your attorney is able, and willing, to try your case before a jury. Many lawyers advertise for personal injury claims, yet routinely settle cases for much less than the case merits–unwilling to try the case in court.
WE TRY CASES. Of course, negotiating a fair settlement is the goal, but if the opposing party is unwilling to offer the fair value of the claim, we will take the matter before a jury in order to obtain the fair result. Some recent results:
- November, 2007, obtained a jury verdict for $79,000 for an elderly man who suffered a broken sternum in an automobile collision
- February, 2007, after a bench trial, obtained a judgment for $100,000 for man who suffered a severe concussion resulting from an assault and battery
- August, 2008, obtained a jury verdict for $287,500 on behalf of a man who had suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in the complete loss of his ability to smell
- October, 2008, obtained a settlement for $100,000 on behalf of a client who suffered permanent hip injury resulting from a head-on automobile collision
- November, 2008, obtained a settlement exceeding $1,000,000 on behalf of a widow (and her daughters) whose husband had died in an industrial accident
Each case resolves based on the facts of each case and, of course, prior verdicts or settlements should not be construed as any promise or warranty regarding the settlement value of a future claim.
We invite you to come in for a free consultation. If your case is accepted, we offer contingent fees, meaning that there is no fee unless there is a recovery. If you have questions or you need representation, contact us at 740-374-5346 or fill out a contact form and we will get in touch with you.